Prabhupāda: One Christian priest was talking on plane when I was going to Hawaii. He was so much appreciating my students. So at heart, they are appreciating. The government is appreciating, the public is appreciating. Many fathers come and say, "Oh, Swāmījī, we are so fortunate that you have come. You have saved our sons and daughters."
And they fall flat to offer me obeisances, although he is not my disciple. And those are directly father and mothers, oh, they come to congratulate me in any way, because they understand that, "Here Swāmījī is giving our sons and daughters spiritual life." They hope. They were hopeless. They were confused.
So that is not my credit. I am simply presenting the right thing without . . . Bhagavad-gītā as it is, without malinterpretation, spoiling time and energy. Everywhere I say like that, that "I have no credit, but . . ." Because the only credit is that I do not adulterate.
Now here, you see, the Bhāgavata says that naṣṭa-sadācāro dāsyāḥ saṁsarga-dūṣitaḥ (SB 6.1.21). Because this man, this Brahmin boy, Ajāmila, in his boyhood . . . he became attached to the prostitute when he was about twenty years old, young man, and he lost his brahminical qualification. Naṣṭa-sadācāro. But the Bhāgavata says . . . now, at the present moment, there are so many so-called Brahmins. They have no sadācāra. Still they are passing as Brahmin. Illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating—everything is there, but he is a Brahmin. Is it not?
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Prabhupāda: But here Bhāgavata says, naṣṭa-sadācāra. As soon as . . . how? Dāsyāḥ saṁsarga-dūṣitaḥ: "Because he is attached with a prostitute, he has lost all his qualifications." At the present moment, to become attached to a prostitute is no fault. The society accepts, "Oh, that's not fault . . . young man goes to that." Does not mind. But he does not know that this association will make him fall down to the lowest stage of human life. And that is stated next, that he used to live on these principles—beg, borrow, steal and gambling—he was degraded. And how he was degraded? That will be explained.
So people do not take care of their śāstras. They make their own interpretation, and therefore India's position is so fallen. They are guided. The great ṛṣis and great sages, they have given them guidance. Vyāsadeva has given guidance. Lokasyājānato vidvāṁś cakre sātvata-saṁhitā, it is stated. "People are rascals, fools. In order to teach them nicely, this highest learned personality, Vyāsadeva, created the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam." Lokasya ajānataḥ. Ajānataḥ means rascals who has no knowledge.
- anarthopaśamaṁ sākṣād
- bhakti-yogam adhokṣaje
- lokasyājānato vidvāṁś
- cakre sātvata-saṁhitā
- (SB 1.7.6)